Comic-Con 2008: Day Three (July 26)

10:30-11:45 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at “Villains” and Q&A with the Entire Cast, Tim Kring, and Tim Sale

Although I showed up an hour and a half before the forum started, and it was in Hall H, the biggest room they’ve got–basically it didn’t matter. The line wrapped around the basically the entire building. People likely camped out the night before and blah, blah, blah, I went and had breakfast instead. You can find and watch the panel on youtube, and hopefully this fall will bring a far better season than last year.

11:15-12:30 Quick Draw!

From the Comic-Con guidebook:

It’s the battle of the cartoonists, featuring the one artist who may be the match for the reigning champs! Join Sergio Aragonés (the world’s fastest cartoonist), the quick-witted and quicker-penned Scott Shaw, and the new kid, editorial and syndicated cartoonist Mike Peters (Mother Goose and Grimm), as they place their pens to paper to do their fastest, most clever work, while you watch them draw on the big screen. Host Mark Evanier puts them through their paces in one of Comic-Con’s most popular annual events.

sample of Quickdraw art

sample of Quickdraw art projected onto screens

If for some reason (like hordes of people) you can’t get into your desired forums, or if you just don’t see anything you want to go to, this is the forum for you. Sergio is always there (or has been since I’ve been going), and it’s a lot of fun to watch these artists at work. I was a little sad in thinking I wouldn’t see it because of other forums, but since Heroes was out of the question, as was Futurama and Simpsons (since if you couldn’t get into Heroes, that was the next best long line), it made my Saturday morning worthwhile.

11:30-12:30 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Screening and Q&A

I tried to get into this. Yeah… Saturday was busier than ever and kind of made me consider heavily attending Wonder Con instead.

12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices

This is also a traditional panel at the Con. A bunch of famous voice actors get together and do an old radio show together–though in their own way. This too is another great forum to just relax and be entertained (if you can’t get into your forum/nothing good is going on). I recommend you do it at least once if you visit the Con. And since attending the Con is becoming more and more popular, you may want to keep it in mind.

In attendance this year was: Jason Marsden* (Fairly OddParents, Loonatics Unleashed), Wally Wingert (The Garfield Show, Family Guy), Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, World of Warcraft), TV legend Chuck McCann, and Tom Kenny* (SpongeBob SquarePants)

12:45-1:45 Exclusive Q&A with the writers of The Office

I kept checking the line for this one, it was still wrapped around the hall and then some. But by a fluke I happened to get in just as it ended. I didn’t see Dwight (Rainn Wilson) (he was surrounded by rabbid fans), but I saw Ryan the temp (B.J. Novak). It did make me very sad to miss this one, but the room would be holding the Pushing Daisies panel later, so feeling lucky that I would make it to at least one panel I had really wanted to go to (no Dollhouse, no BSG, no Chuck, no Fringe… *sob*). If I haven’t stressed it enough, Saturday is a tough day.

Creator created Freaks & Geeks

Paul Feig created Freaks & Geeks

2:00-3:00 Comics: Across Every Medium

A filler panel, truly, and for the most part I didn’t care and doodled while waiting for Pushing Daisies. I was, however, interested when both Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks) and David Goyer (Batman Begins) spoke. Paul Fieg said he wanted Freaks & Geeks (a fabulous short-lived TV series if you haven’t see it) to be timeless, which is a part of the reason he had it take place in the late ’70s early ’80s area. He added that it’s harder to do it contemporary, simply for the fact that a song that’s super popular when they’re filming could be super overplayed/unpopular by the time it hit syndication.

He also mentioned how it’s interesting that it’s not as taboo as it was to admit you read comics, especially with all the comic book movies that have been hitting recently–and especially this year. David Goyer added that WB wants an executive who knows comics–after all, they’re turning into a moneymaking area.

Goyer said Chris Nolan has NOT said anything about doing a Batman 3, and is really just wanting to enjoy the success of Dark Knight and go on vacation for a while and then they’ll see. So if there is going to be a Batman 3, we shouldn’t be expecting news of it for at least another month.

3:15-4:15 Pushing Daisies Screening and Q&A

The Piemaker (Lee Pace) and Chuck (other girl)

The Piemaker (Lee Pace) and Chuck (Anna Friel)

Yay! I made it! And here we have finally, the Pushing Daisies panel, with everyone in attendance (And I have to say ‘boo’ to the San Diego Convention guys who thought cramming this panel into such a small room was a great idea. They easily could have filled a larger sized room–and maybe taken care of the line problem as well). In attendance: Lee Pace (The Fall), Anna Friel (Land of the Lost), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors), Swoosie Kurtz (Superman Doomsday), Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing, Wicked), and executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes).

Last season definitely left us hanging, but the trailer they showed didn’t do much to resolve, only to excite. If you haven’t jumped on the Pushing Daisies bandwagon, now might be a good time to start. You can watch 4 episodes on the ABC site, but if you don’t mind Chinese subs and you can’t wait for the DVD to hit shelves (September 16), then you can use SurftheChannel.com to get the rest (only 9 episodes thx to the writer’s strike).

Cast of Pushing Daisies (minus Lee, who is hidden)

Cast of Pushing Daisies (minus Lee, who is hidden)

The chat wasn’t much different than what Bryan Fuller had already said in previous forums. The cast did say, however, that they love making this show because it leaves them feeling happy. Lee said there’s a difference in the kind of show or performance you’re doing and how it leaves you feeling (he briefly mentioned Heath Ledger) and how it affects you. He loves being the piemaker because he feels happy afterward.

I know some critics (both professional and non) might say the show is too happy or too light for television. Have we really reached an age where something that makes you smile in an innocent way is no longer appropriate for TV? Really? I think the strong fanbase of the show would suggest otherwise.

My favorite moment during the panel was when a young girl (like 8) said hello to Kristin and asked her if she would sing a song. Kristin obliged. (Once again, video quality not spectacular, but you can hear Kristin just fine.)

END OF DAY AND CONVENTION (FOR ME)

Since I couldn’t get into Fringe that was it for me. The evening on a Saturday consists of the Masquerade ball, where a lot of the best (and sometimes the worst) costumes are judged. True Blood sponsored it this year. Wonder if they served red punch. 😉 I didn’t stick around for Sunday, so no, no Supernatural or Smallville panels for me.

That’s not the end of the Comic-Con posts for 2008, however. I’ve got pics from the exhibit floor and fun costumes I saw and the wacky obsession with storm troopers Con goers seem to have. So look for that, hopefully tomorrow.

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